What Hunters Need to Know for 5.4

It’s kind of late to post this, but I learn better when I write things down so I’m doing this for my own benefit as much as anyone else’s.

Damage Abilities

  • Arcane Shot now deals 125% ranged weapon damage (up from 100%) and had its focus cost increased by 50%.
  • Explosive Trap had its overall damage decreased by 30%. Proportionately, more damage has been removed from the initial damage than the periodic effect.
  • Stampede damage dealt by pets when the ability is used outside of an Arena or Battleground is no longer reduced by 75%.
  • Beast Cleave’s range has been increased to 10 yards (up from 8 yards). (BM)
  • Kill Command damage has been increased by 34%. (BM)
  • Aimed Shot  now deals 450% ranged weapon damage (up from 350%). (Marks)
  • Explosive Shot damage has been increased by 27%. (SV)
  • Explosive Trap no longer shares a cooldown with Black Arrow but can no longer activate Lock and Load. (SV)

Other abilities

  • Counter Shot is now a baseline interrupt ability learned by all Hunters at level 22.
  • Deterrence now has a 3-minute cooldown (up from 2 minutes) but has 2 charges.
  • Disengage now has a cooldown of 20 seconds (down from 25 seconds).
  • Hunter’s Mark now has a duration of 20 seconds while in PvP combat (down from 30 seconds).
  • Readiness has been removed.

Pet Stuff

  • Dash, Dive, and Charge no longer cost focus.
  • Revive Pet no longer requires the Hunter to have line-of-sight to their pet.


  • A Murder of Crows now deals 40% more damage.
  • Aspect of the Iron Hawk now reduces all damage taken by 10%, down from 15%.
  • Glaive Toss no longer initiates auto-attack.
  • Lynx Rush’s damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Narrow Escape’s root effect is now a nature spell (was a physical spell).
  • Silencing Shot is no longer a talent and is now an ability that replaces Counter Shot for Marksman Hunters.
  • Spirit Bond now regenerates 3% of total health every 2 seconds while the Hunter’s pet is active (up from 2%).
  • Wyvern Sting now has a range of 40 yards (up from 35 yards).


New Major Glyphs

  • Glyph of the Lean Pack: Reduces the range of Aspect of the Pack to 7 yards.
  • Glyph of Enduring Deceit: Camouflage also reduces spell damage taken by 10%

Major Glyphs

  • Glyph of Mend Pet now has a 100% chance of cleansing 1 Curse, Disease, Magic or Poison effect from the Hunter’s pet on each tick (up from 50% chance).
  • Glyph of Mending now speeds up the periodic effect of Mend Pet to restore health to the pet every 1 second doubling the total amount healed over 10 seconds.
  • Glyph of No Escape now increases the ranged critical strike chance against targets affected by the Hunter’s Freezing Trap by 100% (up from 20% chance).

2 responses to “What Hunters Need to Know for 5.4

  1. So far, no complaints regarding the loss of Readiness 🙂

    BM opener feels much smoother and the resulting DPS seems to be where I was prior to the patch.